Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
Earlier this month I was asked by Anne Roselt to pick the Plascon Colour of the Month for July. It was a real honour and I knew instantaneously which colour I would choose and why; it had to be White Rhino O5-E2-2.
I was fresh off a guided walking tour in the Kruger National Park and rhinos were top of my mind (in fact they’ve been top of my mind ever since my trip to Afrika Burn in April – rhino paraphernalia and guises were everywhere to be seen!)
More specifically, my time in Kruger Park highlighted the plight of these magnificent, prehistoric, moving monoliths. They truly are something to behold in their natural environment, and they have been on this planet for approximately 15 million years – which is a staggering amount of time.
It is devastating to think that in my lifetime we might see these creatures – who’ve withstood every evolutionary and climatic curveball thrown at them – disappear entirely off the face of the earth because of rhino-poaching and at the hands of exploitative human interests!
This is why the Plascon Trends Blog has decided to not only dedicate the Colour of the Month to “White Rhino”, but more importantly to lend our platform to educating our readers about the plight of rhinos and the implications of rhino poaching. We are also hoping that with your help we can try to raise much-needed funding in order to help in the fight against it. These awful crimes are threatening to rob our country and the continent of Africa of its precious natural heritage.
Over the month of July you’ll be hearing from a number of contributors who feel as strongly as we do about poaching and who will be posting in support of our rhinos. They are:
- Botswana-based Rhino conservationist Simon Morgan of Wildlife Act
- Cape Town-based Rhino activist Steve Newman
- Johannesburg-based Rhino activist Paul Oxton (Wild At Heart)
- Cape Town-based Actor & Producer Tyrone Keogh from TV series The Wild
- A post by Zululand-based field ranger Zama Ncube
- Cape Town-based Wildlife photographer James Suter of Singita game lodges
To galvanize you into action, we’re also running a competition in partnership with Wildlife ACT, in which two lucky winners will receive two nights’ accommodation at the magnificent Manna Bay hotel in Cape Town www.mannabay.com … For T&Cs and upcoming details on how to enter, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the blog!
Plascon Colour of the Month: White Rhino O5-E2-2
“White Rhino” is a shade of grey. Symbolically, greys represent strength, longevity and dependability, which makes them the perfect choice for professional spaces and specifically those where the individual needs to cultivate an atmosphere of trust while working with clients (think lawyers’, doctors’ and counsellors’ rooms). Whether the tone is pale and whimsical or dark and foreboding, it is always seen as a classic, sophisticated and contemplative colour.
Greys can vary from warm taupe greys to cool blue greys, to darker greys (more authoritative and powerful) to greys that become almost white (which lend a softer mood and ambiance to a room).
Plascon Colour of the Month: White Rhino Monochromatic Colours
Plascon Colour of the Month: White Rhino Complementary Colours
Plascon Colour of the Month: White Rhino Adjacent Colours
Plascon Colour of the Month on the Expresso Morning Show
Designers, creatives and decorators tend to love grey because it’s a tone that’s suitable for almost every colour in the spectrum. Admittedly, grey on its own can be a bit dull and monotonous, which is why it’s a good idea to use different shades, textures and fabrications if opting for an all-grey scheme. Play around with satin/high sheen and velvet/matt sheen finishes in soft furnishings and/or accessories, and complement with metallic décor elements for added impact (I like the combination of rose gold/copper with warm taupe greys).
Grey is also a colour that works well when used as an accent for skirtings and window frames; it will also give a space a contemporary feel. The coolness of a grey can be balanced by a warm, neutral colour. And if you’re someone who loves to be bold, then grey can be the perfect counterweight to bright colour accents of yellow, pink or blue which will energise the atmosphere!
Finally, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the Plascon Trends Blog for our posts featuring luxury safari accommodation and outdoors spaces: We’ll show you exactly how to bring the colours of the wild into your urban spaces.
Hopefully, through your action and all our actions, we will also be able to preserve “The Wild” in the wild where it belongs!